31/01/2024: Council renews effort to keep town safe for residents

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Breckland Council is continuing its efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour in Thetford, after consulting with the town's residents on its approach.

The district council has renewed the existing Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Thetford which has been instrumental in addressing street drinking and associated behaviours, ensuring the safety and well-being of the community. This order will enable Police and Authorised Officers from Breckland Council to act and enforce on any people who are breaking the rules in that zone.

The PSPO covers much of central Thetford and restricts certain activities, such as street drinking, that may impact the quality of life for local residents.

A consultation with residents showed overwhelming support to renew the PSPO, which includes the following restrictions area:

  1. No person shall consume alcohol in any public place, with "public place" defined as any area accessible to the public on payment or otherwise, either as a right or through express or implied permission.
  2. No person shall urinate or defecate in any public place that is not designated as a public convenience.
  3. No person shall ride upon a skateboard, bicycle, or other self-propelled wheeled vehicle within the designated pedestrianized zone in a manner that causes damage to property, or nuisance or annoyance to any other person within the designated pedestrian zone.

Cllr Tristan Ashby, Executive Member for Health and Communities, said: "An overwhelming 92% of respondents showed their support for the renewal of the PSPO without any amendments. This reflects the community's shared commitment to maintaining a safe and pleasant environment. The Council remains committed to working collaboratively with the community to address concerns and enhance the overall well-being of Thetford."

To find out more about the PSPO click here.

Last updated: 31/01/2024 15:50:34